UNDP recognises achievements of its disaster risk reduction programme upon its closure

Sep 1, 2014

UNDP and their partners celebrate closing of the DRR

Under the patronage of His Excellency Eng. Sami Halasa, Minister of Housing and Public Works, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted the closing ceremony of “Enhancing Institutional Capacities to Reduce Disaster Risk and Integrate Climate Change in Jordan Programme”.

The closing ceremony captured the achievements of the programme and celebrated the three-year partnership between the relevant national entities, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, UNDP and the different government partners. The ceremony was held at the Civil Defense Officers’ Club on Sunday 31st August 2014.

The overall UNDP strategy for this comprehensive programme originally revolved around four strategic pillars, which were addressed by developing interventions under the three outputs. The program started in November 2011 until June 2014 and through its implementation represented the most important initiative in terms of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in the Country, and had achieved outstanding results integrating good governance in institutional mechanisms for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The program supported the government in identify synergies in the existing policies and laws related to the disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption that tackles prevention, mitigation and preparedness for droughts, flash floods, desertification and aridity thus leading to poverty reduction. The program also worked to strengthen coordination mechanisms between institutions dealing with disaster risk reduction and with a view to promote common strategies and joint initiatives for prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

It also contributed to enhancing local institutional capacities in two high risk regions n Jordan, namely Aqaba and Petra to enable The Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZA) and Petra development Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) to address climatic and geological hazards effectively” through a specific intervention aiming at integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into ASEZA and PDTRA with a gender sensitive approach.

The programme’s flagship intervention focuses on enhancing the capacities of national institutions to mitigate the risk of earthquake, enhance the resilience and early recovery in the wake of seismic and climatic disasters – such as capacity to assess structural and non-structural vulnerability of buildings – strategically underpinned policy change to the national building code.

UNDP Country Director, Ms. Zena Ali Ahmad, highlighted the importance of this three-year programme stating that “We are proud of our successful partnership with the Government of Jordan and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. She also added: We value the dynamic partnership we developed over the years with Jordan National Building Council, PDTRA and ASEZA and we sincerely recognize the technical support received from the Royal Scientific Society and their commitment and professionalism. We also thank Jordan Metrological Department for their cooperation”.

Eng. Anmar Al Khasawneh, representative of His Excellency Minister of Housing and Public Works thanked UNDP for their continuous support to the ministry and said that “We count on the support and partnership with UNDP to insure the sustainability of the achieved development goals and the continuity to cooperation in the area of DRR.

Contact information

Khuzaima Jaber
Communication Officer
khuzaima.jaber@undp.org

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